Nottingham Forest lost Samba Sow to a supposed dead leg during the Boxing Day win over Hull City and will be hoping for no repeat of an episode from 12 months ago.
In December 2018, the Reds saw another key men pick up a similar ailment.
On the 22nd of said month, Tobias Figueiredo limped out of a home date with QPR.
He had only just returned from serving a three-match ban.
Having seen red in the stunning 5-5 draw with Aston Villa, the Portuguese was eager to restore himself at the heart of the back four.
That quest lasted 75 minutes.
At the KCOM Stadium on the 26th day of the 12th month in 2019, Forest lost another player to the same complaint.
This time, there were 44 minutes on the clock.
Sow was unable to make it to half-time in his second game back from an enforced spell on the sidelines.
He had been sidelined through injury for over two months.
Given his exploits since arriving at the City Ground over the summer, a return to action was most welcome.
In total, he took in 112 minutes before being removed from the fold once more.
No need to worry, though, it is only a dead leg!
Sabri Lamouchi said in the Nottingham Post afterwards: “I don’t think it is serious. It was just a kick.
“I don’t know if he will be fit for Sunday of course, we will check that tomorrow.
“But I don’t think it is serious. It was just a kick, nothing too bad. But he could not continue to play.”
Sow then took to social media to reiterate the “nothing serious” line.
— samba sow (@sambsow) December 26, 2019
He had suffered his unfortunate knock in winning the penalty which allowed Lewis Grabban to break the deadlock against Hull.
It remains to be seen whether Sow will come back into contention against Wigan.
No risks will be taken on his fitness.
Given his value to the cause, another setback must be avoided at all costs.
We have, however, been here before.
A year ago, the expectation was that Figueiredo would take in a short spell on the treatment table.
After limping out of a 1-0 reversal against QPR, then Forest boss Aitor Karanka said in the Post: “Tobias has a dead leg, we think. So we will see what happens with that one. It is not too serious we hope.”
He was not seen again before the turn of the year.
Martin O’Neill inherited the managerial reins in January and said in the Post: “It (Figueiredo’s injury) was more serious than a dead leg, definitely. He is, at this minute, still struggling.”
It turned out that a thigh muscle had been torn.
Figueiredo’s season was over.
Another manager – Lamouchi – was at the helm before he pulled on the famous Garibaldi again in August, 2019.
There is nothing at this stage to suggest that history is about to repeat itself.
As things stand, one of Sow’s muscles merely went to sleep in East Yorkshire.
We must all hope that it wakes up significantly quicker than Figueiredo’s did!